People’s lives are influenced or even determined by their environments – time, place, work, family, history and culture. Most of us would like to think we are going our own way, but are we really? To what extent can we influence society around us? Are the choices we make really our own? What happens if the choices we make go against the grain?
These are complicated, yet interesting questions you pose. The choices we make are influenced by the context-- time, place, work, family, history, and culture. However, making choices does not mean that you accept the outcomes and feel that you have little or no control over what will happen. Goal-setting is a very important skill for children, adolescents, and adults. As we become more independent and take responsibility as an adult, the goals become long-term and short-term. By articulating goals, you define your purpose, motivation, and vision. I recommend SMART goals-- specific, measureable, attainable, realistic, and time-specific.